Mangia: Sfogliatelle. (We freaking did it!!)


There's nothing we love more than staying sat at the table, long after lunch has been eaten, to chat to Nanna over coffee and Baci. Over the years, during these chats, we have discussed everything from famous boat races in Italy to Nanna's favourite childhood treats.


When talking about the latter, Nanna's face would be a picture of happiness when explaining how her dad would go all the way to Amalfi, from Praiano, and bring back trays of the best cakes from Pasticceria Pansa for birthdays and special events. Then on some occasions Nanna and her Dad would visit Pansa together and they would sit outside and have Nanna's favourite: Sfogliatelle. Since Nanna told us this story we vowed to make Sfogliatelle for her ourselves, but when we told her, she would just smile and say it's very difficult. We would smile back and think...challenge accepted. We wanted to make her and Grandad proud.


Round 1: 


This recipe was from the Food Network website and the video below was our first attempt ever at making Sfogliatelle. Bear in mind we had never actually tried Sfoglaitelle at this point, we only knew what it was supposed to look like and had a rough idea of the flavours of the filling!




Round 2:


Ever since it didn't quite work out right, we have been determined to try again, especially since being home because there is one thing that we have here that we didn't have in America: Grandad's pasta machine! In addition, we finally got to try Sfogliatelle, from Pasticceria Pansa, after our Mum and sister visited and bought some back for us, so we knew what it needed to taste like from the best Pasticceria there is. Plus, Nanna hasn't been too good lately and we really wanted to show her we could do it. We had everything crossed that they would turn out good so we could show her. And, guess what?? We did it!!!! Honest to goodness this filled our hearts with so much joy, we can't even begin to tell you. Our Nanna was over the moon. Seeing her shocked face turn into a beaming smile was everything! Even our Mum said she was proud of us and rang our Auntie's in Italy to tell them what we had done.

So, this recipe we tried was from Great Italian Chefs. We halved the recipe for this attempt and it worked out perfectly and didn't overwhelm us. You have to be patient with Sfogliatelle, especially when it comes to using the pasta machine and getting the pastry really thin. If you visit us over on our instagram/theblossomtwins we have highlights from making it! It was so much fun.

We are super excited to try this again and have a few tweaks in mind for the filling, oh and you know we added Sambuca to this one, but we still have a few more ideas we want to try out. We shall keep you posted.


Have you ever made or had Sfogliatelle before?



Buon Appetito.
Lucy and Kelly xxx


12 comments :

  1. I LOVE sfogliatelle! My friend and I used to eat them all the time while we were doing our Erasmus exchange in Napoli, but sadly I haven't eaten them since (and it's been almost 4 years!). I wish I was a bit better in the kitchen so I could try this recipe for myself, they look amazing. :-)

    xoxo
    Freya

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    1. Thank you so much. You know we've only ever split one once, when our Mum and Sister bought 2 back from a trip to Praiano. We were so excited. We definitely need to go taste testing! :) xx

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  2. Complimenti! Sfogliatelle are one of my favourite foods. When I spent 24 hours in Napoli in August, I had one for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I know how hard they are to make and yours look magnifico! Ciao, Cristina

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    1. Thank you very, very much, we're glad you think they look right! We've got to practice more, but are so happy with the way they turned out. We think we need to eat loads for research!!! :) xx

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  3. Complimenti! These look so good! I LOVE sfogliatelle and it's amazing that you made these at home, well done!

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  4. Grazie Mille! :) We were so, so excited and can't wait to make them again and keep perfecting them! xx

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  5. Complimenti! Your sfogliatelle looks scrumptious. #DolceVitaBloggers

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  6. Ladies, I just cannot believe my eyes, you did an amazing job. I can't help but think how intimidating the recipe would be. These are one of my favorites, especially when I'm in the south of Italy! Thanks for joining us again Lucy and Kelly!

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    1. Thank you so much Jasmine! It was intimidating at first but we're so happy we stuck with it! :) It was so worth it to see our Nanna's face! We had to sneak one into hospital at the time for her to see and it made her so happy! :) xx

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